literal rule

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literal rule

the rule of statutory interpretation that demands that a statute be interpreted according to its very words regardless of result and regardless of any attempt that can be made to find the intention of the legislator; thus ‘no dogs allowed’ prohibits guide dogs and police dogs.
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The problem with the plain meaning rule and the no reformation rule is that, in certain cases, they deny to individuals remedies when there is evidence that is genuine and persuasive.
hard parol evidence rule, retains the plain meaning rule, gives
also tend to follow the plain meaning rule, and thus exclude extrinsic
The plain meaning rule operates in tandem with a hard parol
38) The plain meaning rule is "rather an axiom of experience than a rule of law, and does not preclude consideration of persuasive evidence if it exists.